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The black coat movement PDF Print E-mail
By Mubarak Ali

IN a stagnant society where moral values and traditions decline, where intellectuals fail to create new ideas in order to inspire the people, where political parties take no interest in mobilising the masses for a change in the system and where leaders, instead of resisting, are ready to compromise with the powers that be in order to retain their privileges and status, the emergence of a new movement with fresh ideas and a vision for change inspires the entire society to actively participate in the struggle.
His skin colour wont stop Obama. The colour of his politics might... PDF Print E-mail
America's swing vote lies with those who may be relaxed about race but fearful and suspicious of the Democratic candidate as a member of the educated, liberal elite, writes Sarah Churchwell

Ever since Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, one question has preoccupied the European media: is America ready for a black president? This seems to me a silly question but clearly it needs answering. Logically, there are four possible responses: America is ready, and Obama will be elected; America is ready, and Obama will not be elected; America is not ready, and Obama will be elected; America is not ready, and Obama will not be elected.
Nepal: a twist of history PDF Print E-mail

By Ameer Buksh Bhutto

ON May 28, the Nepalese parliament passed a declaration dethroning King Gyanendra and abolishing a 240-year-old monarchy, declaring the country to be a republic. This is how things are done when there exists an honest commitment and sincerity to achieve a certain goal.

Our awami government, on the other hand, has wasted more than two months doing nothing more than wrangling over whether the judges should be restored by means of a resolution or a constitutional amendment.
How to detoxify the noble American brand PDF Print E-mail

By choosing the right man for the White House, Americans can salvage the inspiring idea of the United States

Matthew Parris

I don't write much about America. This newspaper boasts reporters and commentators with so much better knowledge and wisdom in this field that my three-ha'pence-worth seems superfluous. It's years since I was at university in Connecticut and my finger is no longer anywhere near the pulse of Washington politics or American culture.

So this column, provoked by the suspension of Hillary Clinton's campaign, will be an unusual trespass into unfamiliar territory. It is written by a comparative ignoramus and complete outsider.
Risk and Reward PDF Print E-mail

By Chris Suellentrop

Leaping past Carter, McGovern and Goldwater: Barack Obama’s presidential campaign “will likely be remembered as the most successful primary insurgency ever,” writes Ronald Brownstein in National Journal. That’s part of the reason why Obama’s candidacy represents an enormous gamble for the Democratic Party, Brownstein adds.

Hybrid cars get compliments – why not my bike? PDF Print E-mail

Going carless may not be cool – but I know it's worth it

By Mark Klempner

Florence, Mass. - My wife and I do not own a car. Going carless seems like the right thing, based on what we know about global warming.

Granted, we don't much like cars, and we chose our house because we can walk or bike to most places we need to be. Still, once in a while, it would be nice to get a few kudos. The old pop hit celebrates "two less lonely people in the world." Why doesn't anyone celebrate two less polluting people in the world?
Curtain comes down on the Bill and Hill show PDF Print E-mail

By Rupert Cornwell in Washington
(© Independent News Service)

SO where did it all go so badly wrong for Hillary?

It already seems an eternity ago, but as recently as October, the Democratic nomination for 2008 seemed to be Hillary Clinton's for the asking. But the dream has died and the party is on a fixed course to nominate Barack Obama at its Denver convention in August.
Energy Lessons PDF Print E-mail


Perhaps there’s something to treadmill wisdom. We’re all so narrow-band these days, using the vast resources of broadband to direct ourselves into a chosen news and ideological tunnel. Polarized pluralism defines us.
But the scattershot offerings of the gym’s lateral TV screens are an antidote to this tunnel vision. Seen through a film of sweat, they offer an unpredictable mix. Tailored news delivery they’re not.
The dilemma of leadership PDF Print E-mail

By Andleeb Abbas

TOO many ‘leaders’ spoil a country. That is what the new political soap opera serial on the media is displaying. With every episode ending in the suspense question of ‘who will do what to whom’, the show has revealed some interesting aspects of the leadership styles of the major actors in this action-packed drama.
Sneaking Into History PDF Print E-mail


It was spring 1968. I was a teenager and had just gotten my driver’s license when I decided to take my parents’ Chevy Impala from Paramount, the suburb where we lived, into downtown Los Angeles.

I had heard that Robert F. Kennedy would be giving a speech on Olvera Street, near Union Station, and I wanted to shake his hand.

The Long Goodbye PDF Print E-mail

By Chris Suellentrop

Maybe it was her night after all: Hillary Clinton decided not to withdraw from the presidential campaign tonight, and the liberals in blogville are not happy about it, to put it mildly. Matthew Yglesias of The Atlantic begins his blog post on Clinton’s speech by writing, “I probably shouldn’t write any more about this woman and her staff. Suffice it to say that I’ve found her behavior over the past couple of months to be utterly unconscionable and this speech is no different.” He continues, ” I think if I were to try to express how I really feel about the people who’ve been enabling her behavior, I’d say something deeply unwise. Suffice it to say, that for quite a while now all of John McCain’s most effective allies have been on Hillary Clinton’s payroll.”
Yves Saint Laurent, the genius PDF Print E-mail

The great French designer dressed the first generation of women who stormed the workplace

Lisa Armstrong

When Anthony Burgess, interviewing Yves Saint Laurent for The New York Times in 1977, asked the designer how he saw women, his response was “as dolls”. Or that's what Burgess thought he'd heard. What Saint Laurent actually said, in his halting franglais, was “as idols”. Two small letters, one giant leap for womankind.
Food shortages and civilizations PDF Print E-mail

The era of cheap food has been a disaster. We in the West could easily tighten our belts

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

The State exists to feed people. Politicians proclaim defence or law and order or social issues or wealth creation or health as their priority. But without food, nothing else matters. For most of history, leaders were those who knew how to get it - sometimes by hunting prowess, sometimes by means of a gift for commanding herds, sometimes by naked power, forcing subjects to work in the fields and dig ditches, and sometimes by mediating with the gods or spirits of nature.
McCain and Obama’s Excellent Adventure PDF Print E-mail

By Dan Schnur

There was a time when John McCain and Barack Obama could have gone to Iraq together. There was a time, perhaps back in 2000, when candidate McCain could have made the offer in good faith. There was a time, perhaps back in 2004, when keynote speaker Obama could have accepted. But those two men no longer exist. Here in the present, neither candidate can afford the risk of high-mindedness or statesmanship when the stakes are so high.
Financing education and beyond PDF Print E-mail

By Dr Shahid Siddiqui

THERE are a number of studies that support the linkage between education and development. Education per se is not development but can prepare individuals to enhance their chances of exploring ways and means for development.

The relationship between education and development is a two-way process, that is, quality education leads to development and development can pave the way for quality education.
The World Is Upside Down PDF Print E-mail


For a while the world was flat. Now it’s upside down.

To understand it, invert your thinking. See the developed world as depending on the developing world, rather than the other way round. Understand that two-thirds of global economic growth last year came from emerging countries, whose economies will expand about 6.7 percent in 2008, against 1.3 percent for the United States, Japan and euro zone states.
Divine attribute of Al Jabbar (The Subduer) PDF Print E-mail

Extract from a Friday Sermon

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadat

Hadhrat said that in his last sermon he had given a discourse on the Divine attribute of Al Jabbar (The Subduer) and had explained the meanings of the word with reference to its use for Allah as well as when the word is used for man. The word signifies ‘One Who reforms’ when it is used for Allah. In this instance the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) taught us the prayer that each Muslim says during Salat between the two prostrations and the translation of which reads: My Lord, forgive me and have mercy on me and guide me and grant me security and make good my shortcomings and provide for me and raise me up.’ Therein the words ‘wajburni’ (make good my shortcomings) connote prayer for continual spiritual, physical and material reformation. We have been taught this prayer so that we may keep the Divine attribute of Al Jabbar in view and supplicate to Allah.
A minus-four formula PDF Print E-mail

By S.M. Naseem

WHEN the curtain finally drops on the epic decade-long political drama being played out in the country, it is likely that many of the major dramatis personae presently occupying centre-stage will not be visible in the last scene. If this tragicomedy has to have a happy ending, some extremely bold and out-of-the-box changes in the script and the character of the principal actors in the drama will have to be effected.
Cult of Deception PDF Print E-mail

Maureen Dowd,

They say that every president gets the psychoanalyst he deserves. And every Hamlet gets his Rosencrantz.

So now comes Scott McClellan, once the most loyal of the Texas Bushies, to reveal “What Happened,” as the title of his book promises, to turn W. from a genial, humble, bipartisan good ol’ boy to a delusional, disconnected, arrogant, ideological flop.
Meeting the challenge of sectarianism PDF Print E-mail

By Atai Karim

THE Muslim world is facing many internal and external challenges. Sectarianism is one of them. Sectarianism may be characterised by dogmatism and inflexibility. In a narrow sense it denotes zeal for, or attachment to a particular sect.

Likewise, it connotes an excessively zealous and doctrinaire narrow-mindedness that would quickly judge and condemn those who disagree. However, in a broader sense, it refers to the historical process by which all the divisions in major world religions have come about.
Best Is the New Worst PDF Print E-mail


PITY the poor word “elite,” which simply means “the best” as an adjective and “the best of a group” as a noun. What was once an accolade has turned poisonous in American public life over the past 40 years, as both the left and the right have twisted it into a code word meaning “not one of us.” But the newest and most ominous wrinkle in the denigration of all things elite is that the slur is being applied to knowledge itself.

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